Daily Gratitude: Movies

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The daily gratitude prompt I wish to respond to today is this:

What movie(s) are you most grateful for?

It’s hard to decide what movies have inspired me throughout my life. I watch certain ones because it’s an interest I have or it struck my fancy to see at the time. Sometimes they stick with me for a while, or they inspire me for a short amount of time. And yet…they still inspired me. I’ll give it a whirl anyway. Here are some of the movies that have inspired me over the years:

Jurassic Park. This is one of the first movies I remember watching as a kid. I don’t know if I went to see it in the movie theater or not (I was very young when it came out), but I do remember watching it ever since I was little. Growing up, I loved it for the dinosaurs, as I was a big dinosaur fanatic. Now when I watch it, I feel inspired by the thoughts that Alan Grant and Malcolm present to the table, about whether science can overstep it’s bounds in certain areas just because it can regardless of whether or not they should.

Never Let Me Go. I originally loved the book, and the movie is just as interesting. Instead of dinosaurs, we are confronted with cloning and organ donation from people who are considered less than “normal” people. It doesn’t come outright and say it, but it’s permeated throughout and brings you to the watering hole of ideas in the best way possible. Very haunting.

The Lion King. This has to be one of my favorite Disney movies of all time. I don’t know why. I just love the story and the music. It’s one I could watch all the time.

Titanic. I’ve loved this movie since I was ten. Don’t judge me. Once again, Titanic was a big interest of mine and when Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio swept the big screen with this epic romance movie, I fell in love with it. I watched it at least 10 times in theater and who knows how many times on VHS (yes, I’m old enough to remember VHS, don’t judge me.) It was so cool to see the big ship reenacted. Seeing Leonardo DiCaprio on screen helped too.

The Green Mile. I don’t know why. A story of death row from the perspective of one of the police officers was riveting. Not to mention lacing the story with innocent men being condemned and bad men who come to terms with what they did and men who never repent was both fascinating and heartbreaking. A well done movie. One of Tom Hanks’ greatest. Can’t go wrong with one of his movies.

Winter’s Tale. I love this movie! It stars Colin Farrell and it’s hard to explain without ruining the entire movie. It basically presents the idea that we each have a miracle/a purpose within us and it’s meant for one person only. And that there’s agents of chaos and good fighting to both protect and disrupt our ability to fulfill our miracle. And of course there’s a love story and a little bit of the supernatural (as in angels and demons) mixed in with it.

I could continue on and on with this list, so I’ll stop it there. What are some of your favorite movies that have inspired you?

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